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THF Monthly Kukai Voting Ballot — August 2022

This month’s theme:
water

Voting for The Haiku Foundation Monthly Kukai

Shortly after the conclusion of the submission period, an anonymous ballot comprising all submitted poems on that month’s theme will be posted to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) on the THF site. Any reader of this ballot is eligible to vote for their favorite poems at this time. A voter may vote for up to five (5) poems per theme. A top vote will receive 5 points, a second-place vote 4 points, a third-place vote 3 points, a fourth-place vote 2 points, and a fifth-place vote 1 point.

Please use the Kukai voting form below to enter your selections, and then press Submit to cast your votes. No other votes will be recognized or honored. All votes must be signed (that is, no “anonymous” votes will be accepted, and the Submit button will not be available until both Name and Email fields are filled in), and no poet may vote for his or her own work. No commentary upon the poems will be accepted or published. Votes will be accepted from the appearance of the ballot on the 18th of that month through midnight of the 24th of that month. Readers may vote only once per ballot. Administrators of the kukai are ineligible to vote.

Note: Anonymity is an essential part of any kukai. If you know who wrote the poem then that entry is no longer anonymous. Please respect the Kukai and do not vote for that entry.

The Ballot

 

1

      a cracked earth
the diamond river
carries on

2

      

a drop of water:
in its absence
the absence
of life

3

      a river carrying
the same sky and clouds
inside oceans

4

      a survival camp
we learn to drink water
from the rolled leaf

5

      A tree branch
bent into the pond
Insatiable thirst

6

      a water snake
sunning itself midstream
stepping stones

7

      about to rain
a peacock’s moves
move
close to peahen

8

      above and below
all planetary waters
earth’s sacred precious

9

      Across Echo Lake
The wind a ripple of snakes
Yellow leaves chasing

10

      after the rain
daffodils drip
tiny secrets

11

      After the thunderstorm
Dew from the leaves smells
Blue sunshine

12

      amniotic fluid —
a little swimmer
prepares to jump

13

arctic wind —
whipping water
into shapes

14

At the river peace enters in

15

autumn
how water smoothes
grey stone

16

babbling brook the language of water

17

backyard pool
wayfaring mermaids
above sea level

18

      Baltic Sea — waves on the feet — I feel a great thirst

19

      basking on green pads
turtles drop into the lake’s
cool blue underworld

20

becoming bridge —
the storm knocks down
a tree

21

bluegrass festival
the thrum of rain
on fiddlehead fern

22

blurry Moon cheeks getting wetter over the empty cradle

23

breaking waves
the fetus’ last burst
at my seams

24

broken waters
you are coming
ready or not

25

      brook trout rest
in an old oak’s shadow
thoughts of home

26

      bubbles on a puddle more or less

27

circles in the water —
a date with him follows me
after years and years

28

      City nights lit in
neon reflecting off the
cool wet summer streets.

29

      Climate change
water set to cover
Miami

30

cobble beach
time and water smooths
people too

31

      coin fountain
out of pennies I toss in
my reflection

32

      cot death
the hush of snow falling
into an ocean

33

      Cry me a river
a desert storm kind enough
to dry my last tear

34

      dark river water
where others pause
pausing

35

      deep well —
asking for water
in a new language

36

      dew drops
dribble . . .
dampen the cricket’s chirp

37

      do not let
mom’s eyes
wet . . .

38

      dog days
spitting watermelon seeds
at my toes

39

      down by the river
berry after berry
the taste of summer

40

dried up old pond
looking for another
inspiration

41

      driftwood washed ashore
I caress
the woman in me

42

drop by drop
becoming a puddle
rain cloud

43

      drought
rain clouds gather
over the sea

44

drought moon
the lake giving up
its secrets

45

      droughts and floods
on opposite scales
the weight of water

46

drying out the shoes
it rains again
splashing water

47

      drying pond . . .
still accommodates
moon and stars

48

each drop
of morning dew —
reveals the spider’s web

49

      Early morning loon
Breaks deafening silence,
From water lily pad.

50

      early sunlight
greedy koi flashing
in lotus blooms

51

eau de cologne
at the corner’s barber shop
war stories

52

      end of summer
the fountain goes
on holiday

53

everywhere
yet
dry drops

54

      following the road —
a river of phlox
and the river

55

      Forced into stillness
The murkiness increases
I’d rather run free

56

      free spirit . . .
the burbling of a brook
makes me laugh

57

      garden hose . . .
so close a bee thanks me
for the freshness

58

      glacier melt . . .
an unwritten book left
on the mountain side

59

grandfather salmon
says to bashō’s frog
you call that a splash?

60

      green hose has a leak
it sprays the wrong flowers
my holy water

61

      Heads bowed, guests enter
the tearoom welcomed by sounds
of water gurgling.

62

heat wave
day moon lingers
in the watering trough

63

      her blank stare
at the palliative care window
. . . soundless rain

64

      hook cast through the air
floating in unknown waters
the taught line trembles

65

      hot wind
the bird bath
now a turbo tub

66

      immersion site
a wave curls around my hand
one last time

67

      in the cold sand
the sea had weaved its flames —
water landscapes

68

      in the trees
when the rain stops
wind whipped rain

69

      insomnia —
the ensuite tap drip drips
into my mind

70

      it’s raining today
puddles, gutters, squishy leaves
I like my new shoes

71

      jet black pond
alive with emerald eyes
cacophony of frogs

72

      just a sip —
the soldier’s last words
into the air

73

      lake in autumn . . .
still carrying bucketfuls
of your memory

74

      lake’s edge
her eyes well up
below weeping willows

75

      landing on my nose
a dragonfly
shares the view

76

      Last month’s skimpy rain:
does any remain deep down,
where my well thirsts?

77

      lifeless — six feet under,
saw thy living waters.
Baptized in thy arms.

78

      little little goslings waddling behind Mom

79

      lonely evening
watering
a wildflower

80

low river
uncovers stones —
vulture circles

81

      low tide
barnacles holding
their breath

82

      low water level —
discarded bicycles
are visible

83

      Lush green leaves
the dancing lilies
announce the coming of rains

84

      marine litter
in a PET bottle
a SOS message

85

melting ice
breaking the silence
of stars

86

midnight
opening a window
to the sound of rain

87

      monsoon mist
the milky cleavage
of a green mountain

88

      morning’s first blush
slips through the mizzling mist,
dawn’s chorus begins.

89

      mosquito infestation —
the stormwater overflows
in sewage

90

Niagara Falls
plastic raincoats
dripping

91

      no fragment or phrase in the flood

92

      no water in the lake
the dry river’s
parched mouth

93

no water —
no purity, no zest
no energy, no life

94

Ocean waves splatter
Sea water washes my face
Salt tears burn my eyes

95

      oh to live
on a humble houseboat
befriending pelicans

96

      On the yellow leaf
a bright blue marble
of yesterday’s rain.

97

      one feather
mallard passes by
ripples on the pond

98

      one hydrogen atom said to the other — let’s play with Oxygen . . .

99

      only silent rain
on a summer afternoon
surrounds you and me

100

      our reflection
in the lake
mud cracks

101

      overcome by illness —
after a bottle of living water
he is back to life

102

      parched corn field
my hopes
evaporate

103

      passing place
a river
meets the sea

104

      Pebbles in the stream
Worn smooth by the equation
Of water plus time

105

petrichor
kissing the color
from a plum

106

      pond stillness
an ibis
shatters its image

107

pond water
all these lives
within

108

pond’s edge —
a swan family nibbles
on my reflection

109

      Ponds, Summer showers, Hot baths
Waters hold healing power.

110

      prolonged frost
a wilting wallflower
holds its breath

111

      quick rain
another rainbow
born dead

112

      rain puddle
our dark shadows
in color

113

rain water puddle
pining for the roaring
river it once was

114

      redbird drinks from
a water basin
and sees a rival!

115

      reservoir hike
kneeling to dip my hand
and bless myself

116

      returning geese
flock the lake that was . . .
old blood calling

117

      rhythm of the rain
fox dashes across the lawn
lightning flashes

118

      Ribbons shine
Gurgle into loch
Silent splash.

119

      rigor and rhyme
in its seasonal flow
her garden pool

120

rising creek
all those stones now covered
i swallow my disappointments

121

      rising sea levels . . .
and not
a drop to drink

122

      river’s bed
upside down . . .
floodwater

123

      Rivers; lakes overflowing
with painful tears
Women still crying for freedom!

124

      Rock skipping
one, two, three
wintersplash

125

      Rubber boots
Puddle
Time machine

126

rush hour
the last woman counts
the pots in the row

127

      saturated sky
the drenched front
of a new mom’s shirt

128

scent of flowers
in the spring rain
Virginia’s last letter

129

      seaside walk —
an ocean rages within me
around me

130

      setting off
on that ancient journey —
creak of oars

131

      shrinking reservoir
the billionaire
still fills his pool

132

snake
in her eyes and mine
Minoan splendor

133

      soaking in spray
that reaches sky
— waterfall

134

      solitude
autumn river speaks to me
of meanings

135

      steadily
losing its voice
autumn creek

136

      sturgeon moon . . .
waiting for the leap
that breaks her waters

137

      Submerged in the need
Blasts of cool in each droplet
Quickly pouring out

138

      summer storm
tempting puddle
splash

139

sunset
reflection of the heron
conquers the river

140

sunset sail
diamonds sparkling
on the water

141

      sunset
the whisper of waves
stirs the stillness

142

      surfing on waves
sail the seas
scraps of sunshine

143

      sweet reflection —
drowned in a bird bath
a honey bee

144

      sweltering summer
dancing through the hydrant’s spray
a scream of kids

145

      syneseasia

146

      the blush
of new buds
spring rain

147

      the keeper of life . . .
float, quench or drown.

148

      The old rain
Held up by a
Lily pad

149

the sinking feeling
of walking on water
run Joey run

150

      this desire
to be a blade of grass
dancing in the rain

151

      through the gray
of a steady all day rain
a flit of goldfinch

152

      tide pooling
just a glimmer of water
between me and the stars

153

      unfulfilled dream
the brimming water bucket
full of stars

154

      walking in rain
eyes closed . . .
the touch of a stranger

155

      waning moon I am slipping on a waterslide

156

      watching the water
of the Mississippi River
now a new river

157

      water ballet —
rain
on the river

158

      water lilies
cover the pond
your kisses

159

      water striders
moon walking . . .
old pond

160

water supply shrinks and farmers grow less
while torrents of water wreak havoc elsewhere —
climate crisis on mother earth

161

      waterfall . . .
only few words
between us

162

      Watering eyes,
Not just sadness,
Signs of aging.

163

      watering
potted chrysanthemums
weather or not

164

Waters reflection;
Mirrors our loss of the other,
walking away.

165

      wet feeding time now
all flowers in my bedroom
smiling silently

166

      white water
a cascade of wild phlox
beside the creek

167

wild beach
an affair story told
by the l(eft)overs

168

      With one step into
The waves of my childhood
Benjamin Button

169

      withering roses
the leaky hosepipe
soaks her toes

170

      you rowed me across the lake
drifting in reeds
timeless water moments

171

      your name . . .
the joy
of a river sound

 

Kukai Results

On the first day of the following month, results of the tally of the kukai will be announced. The top vote-getters as voted by readers will be posted, along with the number of points each poem tallied, and each poem’s authorship will be revealed at this time. Winners will be invited to select from a list of prizes provided by The Haiku Foundation. The theme for the new month will be announced at the same time, and the process repeated. Poems remain the copyrighted property of their authors, but The Haiku Foundation reserves the right to publish, display and archive all submitted poems for this and other purposes at its discretion.

Congratulations to all our participants!

 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Good afternoon,

    I have one question, please.
    I submitted two haiku, but I don’t see them in the ballot above.

    What happened to them?

    Kind thanks.

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